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You Will Love Cupcakes Even More After Knowing About These Delicious Recipes

You Will Love Cupcakes Even More After Knowing About These Delicious Recipes

Cupcakes are perfect. They’re round little morsels of joy that are way better than a full-blown cake. This is mostly because having an extra serving, or seven, of cupcakes is far more socially acceptable than with actual pieces of cake. I also find that cupcakes are way more fun to be creative an experimental with. It’s for that reason that the recipes we’ll be looking at today go beyond the realms of normality. There are a million ‘chocolate,’ ‘red velvet,’ and even my beloved ‘salted caramel’ recipes out there. So let’s take a look at some tasty treats that are a little more unique, as well as delicious.

Cupcakes That Look Or Taste Like Other Delicious Things

1. Cherry Pie Cupcakes

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    “She’s my cherry pie.” These not only sound amazing, but the secret behind the presentation is particularly awesome.

    2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cupcakes
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      This classic childhood favorite has never been more delicious, or clever.

      3. Snow Cone Cupcakes

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        Just because the weather might be cold doesn’t mean that you can’t have a snow cone. This ice-free adaptation means that you can enjoy this treat all year round.

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        4. Cupcake Hamburgers and Cookie Fries

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          The best sweet followup to a hamburger and fries is, well, hamburger and fries! This recipe is not only incredibly clever, but also far easier than how it looks! It’s the perfect addition to any child (or adult!) party.

          5. Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

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            Why have a peanut butter cup when you can have one on top of its own cupcake counterpart.

            Alcohol Soaked Cupcakes

            Because I can’t be the only one who likes to eat her booze.

            1. Margarita Cupcakes
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              Nothing is better than a refreshing and zesty margarita. Oh yeah, except for when it’s made into a cupcake!

              2. Eggnog Red Velvet Cupcakes

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                Celebrate the festive season, and winter in general, with these tasty treats. For those of you who like it a bit stronger, add extra nog!

                3. Limoncello Cupcakes

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                  Any kind of lemon cake is a winner in my book. They’re a refreshing treat that leaves a pleasing after taste on your palate. The only way to improve them is to add my favorite liqueur, limoncello. Bonus points if you make it yourself.

                  4. Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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                    Not only are these cupcakes amazing because they contain Guinness, Whiskey, AND Baileys; they’re also the perfect addition to any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Or any celebration, really.

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                    5. Mudslide Cupcakes

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                      The perfect dessert cocktail can now be enjoyed in cupcake form!

                      Miscellaneous Amazing Cupcakes

                      1. Andes Mint Cupcakes

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                        Mint chocolate may not be ground breaking, but the combination of the presentation, mint butter-cream frosting, and Andes mint made this a winner for me.

                        2. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
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                          You may only be able to get pumpkin spice lattes during the Fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them all year round in the form of cupcakes.

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                          3. Tiramisu Cupcakes

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                            Because who doesn’t like combining two desserts into one? Plus, you can never go wrong combining coffee and chocolate.

                            4. Boston Cream Cupcakes

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                              Once again, who doesn’t like combining two desserts into one?

                              5. Pancake Cupcakes With Maple Bacon Frosting

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                                These cupcakes are the reason why people say, “save the best for last.” These are so amazing that I was left speechless when I first saw them. For anyone that knows me, they can attest to the fact that this is an amazing feat. Seriously, you can now have the delicious taste of breakfast all day long!

                                Featured photo credit: Hamburger Cupcakes via lh3.ggpht.com

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                                Last Updated on November 9, 2020

                                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                2. No Motivation

                                Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                5. Upward Comparisons

                                Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                6. No Alternative

                                This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                7. Stress

                                As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                                8. Sense of Failure

                                People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                9. The Need to Be All-New

                                People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                10. Force of Habit

                                Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                Final Thoughts

                                These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

                                Reference

                                [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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